New Theory: Poppy Red = Actually Not Red Colour ?

Okay, I’ve been doing some research on the poppy red coloured back “exclusive other half” that will be supplied as an extra half with the 100 Euro pre-order and all is not what it may seem…

This is speculation but with full evidence from Jolla themselves in a video showing the other half colour options as you’ll find out below.

Now typically when you think of ‘poppy red’, you imagine the colour in the image below:

Typical 'poppy red' colour from the red Papaver rhoeas or Red Poppy

Typical ‘poppy red’ colour from the red Papaver rhoeas or Red Poppy

But it was while watching through this video earlier from #JollaLoveDay, fast forward to around 40 seconds in) when I had my ‘Eureka’ moment:

Now in the video, it’s clear you can hear Chief Designer Martin state “this is what Marc uses called Poppy Red” when he pulls out the ‘orange’ coloured other half.  Now if you also remember back at GMIC earlier this year, Marc gave us the first tease flash of the new Jolla handset on stage and guess what?  Yes, it was actually orange in colour too!

Also remember that there are other Poppy varieties most notably the Eschscholzia californica or California Poppy which is in fact this very orange colour which Marc Dillon displayed at GMIC.  Coincidentally, before Marc came to Finland, he worked in San Diego, which you guessed it is a major city in California!

California Poppy or

California Poppy or Eschscholzia californica is actually orange in colour unlike the traditional Red Poppy

So could the mix up in fact be that the colour Jolla have chosen to call ‘Poppy Red’ is in actual fact orange in colour and the same handset colour used in many of their press renders (which would also make more sense) like the one at the top of the stack in the image below:


So this orange colour (Poppy Orange?) I believe after considering all the facts to be in fact the correct colour that will be provided as the ‘Poppy Red’ option to all 100 Euro pre-orders. :-)

Maybe you knew this already but I certainly didn’t and I’m not sure whether the name is maybe slightly misleading if my facts are correct.  You only have to google poppy red to see that it is clearly a red colour like in the first image and not in fact the ‘orange’ colour Martin pulls out of the box at #JollaLoveDay.

Anyway, just thought I’d update you… but maybe I’m going colour blind with so much blogging?  Maybe this news makes your day? Or maybe you have another theory?

Maybe someone from Jolla can clarify (I’m sure they’re seriously busy though in preparation for the launch!).

Sail On!

EDIT: One of our readers “Michael” has just pretty much confirmed the ‘orange’ theory, if you click on his link below in the comments or in fact click on the official Jolla photo render link, Poppy Red is in fact the description before the .jpg extension:

Thanks Michael for the tip! :-)



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  1. What I guess is, that Poppy red is not shown yet! And whet they shown was the prototype. I really think they should call it some variant of “orange” if it’s actually orange! But anyhow, as long as it gives us some “superpowers” against the non-limited other halves as in like a new feature, I’m happy! Say poppy brown! no matter ;) (did poppy brown sounded wrong just now? :-D )

    • How can it not be shown if Martin mentions Poppy Red in the video which is the same colour like in the press renders? I agree though no matter the colour, I just can’t wait for the Jolla!! :-)

    • Me neither. Not very unlike at all. They have shown so many nice n unlike colors and now the preorderers are the ones who get it in white -.-
      I thought that the colors would be limited when they said that the availability would be published later, but i thought that they had at least enough of every color that the first ones (450) could choose from all.
      @topic: I think “poppy red” means the same color as on the “I am the first one” shirts.

  2. Remember the Facebook Pato of the lady in a white dress with black dots drinking coffee looking At her Jolla phone? It is taken from the front and focussend on the phone. That is probably the color, go on, have a look…… I would cal thar red-ish, certainty not orange. I think it is the only photo of a Jolla phone held in the hand that is not white.

  3. I ordered my Jolla yesterday (pre-ordered in round 1) and was a little disappointed to find out that no color choices were available. Orange and red are my favourites, so I’m happy if this “orange-red” is true.

    In the shop there is more details of “Jolla + LE TOH” (Limited Edition The Other Half):

    “Jolla + LE TOH

    Jolla is powered by Sailfish OS, a truly open and distinct mobile operating system. Navigate effortlessly with the gesture-based user interface and load the phone with top Android™ apps.

    Your Jolla comes with a Limited Edition “The Other Half” cover.

    Delivery time is 3-4 weeks.”

    And the product image is Jolla phone with orange other half.

  4. But where is the exclusivity regarding the orange other half with orange being one of the rgular colours according to Jolla’s website? However, in the box with the different other halves shown in the video clip there happen to be a Red other half. This colour resembles to the European poppy red and it is not shown on Jolla’s website as one of the regulär colours.

  5. Does anyone know if the other halves are easily changeable, is it like a shell? Like if you buy the white one now can you buy just a new shell of the other colors, or are you stuck with the color?

      • Calling “The Other Half” a “colored back cover”? How can you dare? ;)
        I am really a Jolla fan and wait impatiently for my device. But people at Jolla and fan blogs are overdoing it sometimes a bit. As long as that colored plastic thing does not add any functionality, it’s just that: a back cover. This NFC tag to change ambience does not really count. Colored back covers are really not an innovation, not even if you use fancy color names! ;)

  6. the point is… 100 euros more of my preorder for a colored back covers only? is “this” the “special other half” ? mmmhh..

    • Because you already paid €100, you only have to pay €299 to complete the order. That means you get the LE TOH and the T-shirt for free in the end; as a reward for your early pledge.

  7. Got my email and made the final payment. Now waiting for my Jolla to arrive. Makes me a happy panda.

    Not too happy about the poppy red though. Would have wanted mine in blue or the cyan color. Guess there will be more other half color options available later on *sigh*.

      • Ordered in June 28th. Got the email 22.11.13. Delivery in 3-4 weeks.

        I’m still kinda hoping that this whole poppy red thing is BS and all the pre-order customers get the whole set on colors and one other half is the LE one. But I guess you can’t have everything.

        Still very very happy about the phone after the long wait.

  8. Got my mail today as well and ordered immediately. My order number is in the 900 range (2000009xx). Hope to get it soon. Colours don’t look too attractive. White and orange (aehh Popeye red). Would have preferred the glossy red I have on my Lumia 920.
    Time to open a Jolla back cover swap forum. ;) But probably we will only only two colours for the foreseeable time.